Day 31 ~ One day is as a Thousand Years

Day 31 ~ One day is as a Thousand Years

Day 31 ~ One day is as a Thousand Years

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. 2 Peter 3:8


This is a commonly misunderstood verse. Let’s see, it appears midway while Peter is talking about the last days. One of the events associated with the last days is people questioning the whole second coming of Jesus Christ. For some will say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.” (2 Peter 3:4) Our subject verse appears as Peter’s response to those questioners.


Now, since this as a simile, we can’t take it literally. With the Lord, one day is as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day. Therefore concluding that one day = thousand years is wrong. This verse means that the “time” as perceived by humans is totally different from God’s idea of time because He is eternal. He exists from everlasting to everlasting. He has no beginning and no end.


Notice the words “with the Lord”. This is God’s perception of time. In His calendar, there are no hours or days, early or late, past or present like the way we understand. “For a thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past, or as a watch in the night. ” (Psalm 90:4)


To Him the hours pass away, neither more slowly, nor more quickly, than befits His economy. There is nothing to make Him need either to hasten or delay the end. The words, “with the Lord” (Ps 90:4, “In Thy sight”), silence all man’s objections on the ground of his incapability of understanding this.


“We shall meet soon again.” said Aslan. “Please Aslan”, said Lucy, “What do you call soon?”. “I call all times soon”, said Aslan. ~ The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S. Lewis


Lucy’s question is genuine because when or where Aslan will present himself is unknown. It could be years before Lucy would see Aslan again. That’s why she asks him “What do you call soon?”. Aslan’s response helps us understand God’s understanding of time. All times are soon and all past is yesterday for God. Let this verse not confuse you. Just be aware of the eternal quality of our God remember the promise-keeping God. He said He will come back and He will. When? we do not know. But we do know that He will and let’s be prepared for that.


Biblical Similes - One Day is as a Thousand Years



Jamieson, R., Fausset, A. R., & Brown, D. (1997). Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible (Vol. 2, p. 522). Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.

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I enjoy learning from God’s word, it amazes me, the wisdom and treasures of God and the way He reveals them to me day after day in a profound manner. In this space I share with you what I’ve learnt through my time with the Word. I earnestly believe that learning alone isn’t sufficient but walking in the word is crucial in a believer’s life. As much as I desire to walk in the word, it’s not always easy. My hope is to encourage you, my dear friend, in your walk with God with words that He has used to strengthen my own walk with Him.

  • Lani Stites says:

    Good job, you finished 31 days. You’ve had interesting posts.


  • Mary Gemmill says:

    I appreciate your explanation that a day is not literally as a thousand years with God.
    There is a verse I quote often, where I add in parenthesis my comment to God:

    For these light afflictions are but for a moment [ of your time, Lord] but are working for us an exceeding weight of glory.

    I Love this verse, but I often remind God that is our time, a lifetime does not seem ” just as a moment.”

    Thank you for a most interesting and informative 31 day series!

  • Judy Benson says:

    Congratulations, Alice, for finishing all 31 days! I have truly enjoyed the journey with you. Never really thought about similes in the Bible before and never realized there are so many. Whenever I come across one I will remember this series. Thank you

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